Surprising Myths About Lifting Weights
Most people believe a bunch of myths about lifting weights, and it’s making them fat.
The truth is that strength training is one of the absolute best things you can do for your health and appearance.
Hopefully you don’t believe any of these myths…
MYTH #1 Muscle Turns Into Fat
Why would anyone want to build muscle if it could morph into fat after a span of disuse? Rest assured that this is a myth of the highest order.
Muscle tissue is muscle tissue. Fat tissue is fat tissue. One will never become the other.
MYTH #2 Strength Training Doesn’t Burn Fat
On the contrary, muscle mass is your number one ally against fat gains.
A pound of muscle burns 10-20 calories each day, while you’re just living and breathing.
Regular strength training helps you increase your muscle mass as well as preserve existing muscle mass, turning you into a fat burning machine.
MYTH #3 Lifting Weights Makes Women Bulk Up
Yes, strength training increases the amount of muscle on your body; so many women take this to mean that their body will become bulky, which is quite not the look you’re going for.
The truth is that the female body simply doesn’t contain high enough levels of testosterone to produce that level of results without a very focused and dedicated effort.
The tighter, toned figure of a recreational female weight lifter is every bit feminine.
MYTH #4 Strength Training Is For Young People Only
Ha, that’s a used-up excuse that senior citizens across the globe have shattered.
Assuming that your doctor has given you the OK, you have much to gain from a regular weight lifting routine.
Improved balance and coordination, better strength and flexibility, and a decreased risk of osteoporosis are just the beginning.
MYTH #5 Use Very Light Weight and High Reps To Tone
The idea that very high repetitions of very light weights would result in a toned physique, has become outdated.
These high repetitions will increase your muscular endurance but will not add strength or tone.
We now know that in order to truly challenge your muscles, fairly heavy weight with medium repetitions are a must.
Start with an 15-20 repetition range and push your muscles with each set.
Including strength training as a part of your fitness routine is essential for achieving a fit and toned body.
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Marc Ouellette is a Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Specialist in Fitness Nutrition, Certified Specialist in Senior Fitness and Owner of Personal Training Alliance since 2000.
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